In today's development news, horror flicks dominate as James Wan and his Nun screenwriter are teaming up again for a remake of Train to Busan, and we've got some firmer details on Blumhouse's Happy Death Day sequel.
Anyone who's ever seen Snakes on a Plane or Snowpiercer can attest to the dramatic possibilities that open up by limiting the setting of a thriller to a relatively small traveling conveyance. (There's a reason such a thing as writing prompts exist; restrictions make for good writing.) So it's no surprise that 2016's South Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan, set aboard a train from Seoul to Busan in the midst of the outbreak of a zombie virus, did so well in South Korea and globally.
Even though the U.S. box-office take was only a fraction of its worldwide $85 million net, the San-ho Yeon-directed film got a second life with American audiences on Netflix, and now, thanks to The Conjuring's (and Aquaman's) James Wan, the U.S. will get its very own remake, produced by Wan and penned by Gary Dauberman, screenwriter of Wan-produced The Nun and Annabelle, as well as the 2017 remake of Stephen King's It.
Deadline reports that New Line Cinema is "now in negotiations" and believes it will go for a "seven-figure sum." Universal, Paramount, Lionsgate, and Screen Gems are also reportedly interested.
Elsewhere, the sequel to Happy Death Day, whose release date was recently revealed to be Valentine's Day 2019 (that's February 14, if you've managed to avoid all mid-winter advertising for decades) has just been officially titled: Happy Death Day 2U.
Jessica Rothe will be reprising her role as a college student named Tree who, in the 2017 original film, woke up on her birthday after a one-night stand, was killed that night, and then woke up on her birthday after a one-night stand, ad infinitum in a Final Destination meets Groundhog's Day Blumhouse horror production.
Jason Blum is back producing the sequel, and writer/director Christopher Landon returns as well. According to Variety, the plot boils down to Tree having the experience that "dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead."